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Deck visitor

Mary Comley
 

After walking a couple trails in the pine bush unsuccessfully looking for crossbills I came home. Shortly after this guy showed up. I've lived here near Ellis hospital for 35 years, first time visitor!

Mary


Re: Pine Bush winter finches

Craig Driggs
 

Sorry, that was the long and noisy untrimmed version!  These are the two good parts of the recording.

Craig

On Fri, Feb 5, 2021, 5:01 PM Craig Driggs <777216@...> wrote:
I stopped at the Albany Pine Bush this afternoon looking for crossbills and was not disappointed. There was a nice group of Red Crossbills hanging around the Madison Ave trailhead calling and giving good looks. 

I also heard, and briefly saw, a flock of 6-8 finches at Blueberry Hill East, beyond the first fork in the trail. Some were overhead and then they assembled in the upper parts of some bare trees before they flew off.  The calls sounded like Common Redpolls or maybe White-winged Crossbills. I attached two short recordings - wind noise is loud in the second one. I'm curious what others think.

Craig Driggs


Common Redpoll Loudonville, Albany County

scottjstoner
 

1, under our feeders late morning. First winter finch in 6 years! -Scott and Denise



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Re: Red Crossbills, Salem, NY

Tom Lake <trlake7@...>
 

Hi Scott.... Love your plethora of winter finches.

Lack of eagle on the Battenkill may be the result of ice. (It may be, but we have learned to be careful trying to look inside the motives of eagles.)

Many of the flyway's winter eagles are down here (there was 100 in just a 20-mile reach of the lower Hudson River today). 
Climate Change has given us relatively mild winters and during those wintering eagles need not travel so far to find consistently open water.

Keep us updated.... TOM

Tom Lake
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Estuary Naturalist, Region 3, Hudson River Estuary Program
with New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
21 South Putt Corners Road New Paltz NY 12561—1696
trlake7@...




-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...>
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Feb 5, 2021 6:36 pm
Subject: [hmbirds] Red Crossbills, Salem, NY

I came home from work today and in the lower level of deciduous trees along my driveway, I found a group of Red Crossbills flitting between these trees and 2 very tall Eastern White Pine trees.  The group of birds made their presence known with continuous vocalizations for about 6 minutes.  So nice to be able to list them as a "Yard Bird".

Also, at Hudson Crossing today at 11:00 am, there was a group of 12-15 Common Redpolls in the shrubbery along the parking lot.  They've been hanging out here for at least a week now.

A group of approximately 20 Snow Buntings has been hanging out along the fields and roadside on Cemetary Road in Salem.

I'm a bit bummed by the relatively low number of sightings of Bald Eagles along the Battenkill River this year.  Since I moved here 5 years ago, I've sighted at least 1 Bald Eagle every day from Dec 15-March 15....this year has proven to be the exception. 

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Red Crossbills, Salem, NY

Scott Varney
 

I came home from work today and in the lower level of deciduous trees along my driveway, I found a group of Red Crossbills flitting between these trees and 2 very tall Eastern White Pine trees.  The group of birds made their presence known with continuous vocalizations for about 6 minutes.  So nice to be able to list them as a "Yard Bird".

Also, at Hudson Crossing today at 11:00 am, there was a group of 12-15 Common Redpolls in the shrubbery along the parking lot.  They've been hanging out here for at least a week now.

A group of approximately 20 Snow Buntings has been hanging out along the fields and roadside on Cemetary Road in Salem.

I'm a bit bummed by the relatively low number of sightings of Bald Eagles along the Battenkill River this year.  Since I moved here 5 years ago, I've sighted at least 1 Bald Eagle every day from Dec 15-March 15....this year has proven to be the exception. 

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Re: Pine Bush winter finches

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Redpolls.  Nice!

On Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 5:08 PM Craig Driggs via groups.io <billdcat333=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I stopped at the Albany Pine Bush this afternoon looking for crossbills and was not disappointed. There was a nice group of Red Crossbills hanging around the Madison Ave trailhead calling and giving good looks. 

I also heard, and briefly saw, a flock of 6-8 finches at Blueberry Hill East, beyond the first fork in the trail. Some were overhead and then they assembled in the upper parts of some bare trees before they flew off.  The calls sounded like Common Redpolls or maybe White-winged Crossbills. I attached two short recordings - wind noise is loud in the second one. I'm curious what others think.

Craig Driggs

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Pine Bush winter finches

Craig Driggs
 

I stopped at the Albany Pine Bush this afternoon looking for crossbills and was not disappointed. There was a nice group of Red Crossbills hanging around the Madison Ave trailhead calling and giving good looks. 

I also heard, and briefly saw, a flock of 6-8 finches at Blueberry Hill East, beyond the first fork in the trail. Some were overhead and then they assembled in the upper parts of some bare trees before they flew off.  The calls sounded like Common Redpolls or maybe White-winged Crossbills. I attached two short recordings - wind noise is loud in the second one. I'm curious what others think.

Craig Driggs


G-W Teal, Hudson Crossing Park, Schuylerville

Alan Mapes
 

One female green-winged teal was with the large flock of mallards at Hudson crossing this afternoon. Seen from the kayak launch trail.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


PEFA, BLVU Northumberland

Alan Mapes
 

At clear Echo Farms, just north of the intersection of Route 32 and Rugg Road, a black vulture was sitting on the tallest blue silo. I turned around for a better look, and it had been replaced by a Peregrine falcon.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


Bluebird sp

roundywaves35@...
 
Edited

This bird was seen today near the Rensselaer Tech park trail near Regeneron about 50 ft in.  My friend said it was only white and blue with no brown or rust color.   

If anyone would like to go see if it is more than an Eastern bluebird, that would be great!  Let me know if you see anything great!  I probably won't make it over there until Saturday.

Edit:  I think it was just an eastern.  Despite asking about the colors, I forgot to as if my friend actually saw the front of the bird.  I apologize to those who may have gone looking for a Mountain Bluebird.  I hope if you did you saw something nice.


Re: Hoary redpoll, Washington County

kernscot
 

So beautiful Jeff! Thank you for a good reference.

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Sent FROM NJ KERN  Austrlitz, NY


06:45 AM from jeffnadler01@...:
Within fifty or more common redpolls on the ground, I had a hoary redpoll right next to me and photographed it . . .  Durkeetown Rd. southeast of Ft. Edward, Washington County.  Clean unmarked under-tail coverts, smaller bill, smaller red patch, minimal streaking, and frosty appearance. Sharing the photo for reference as common redpolls seem to be increasing in the area with my home feeders getting them yesterday.

https://www.jnphoto.net/GALLERIES/NEW-GALLERY/New-Images/New-Images/i-kNhVN2w/A

Jeff Nadler
town of Ballston


Hoary redpoll, Washington County

Jeff Nadler
 

Within fifty or more common redpolls on the ground, I had a hoary redpoll right next to me and photographed it . . .  Durkeetown Rd. southeast of Ft. Edward, Washington County.  Clean unmarked under-tail coverts, smaller bill, smaller red patch, minimal streaking, and frosty appearance. Sharing the photo for reference as common redpolls seem to be increasing in the area with my home feeders getting them yesterday.

https://www.jnphoto.net/GALLERIES/NEW-GALLERY/New-Images/New-Images/i-kNhVN2w/A

Jeff Nadler
town of Ballston


Meadowlark

barbolink2
 

Today, I saw a meadowlark on the west side of Plum Rd (in the Town of Fort Edward, Washington County) near the intersections with New Swamp Rd.  Sorry - No picture


***** 

Barb Putnam 
barbolink2 AT yahoo


red crossbills today at Albany Pine Bush

scottjstoner
 

this morning, Feb 1, I had a flyover flock of about a dozen red crossbills about 0.1 miles up the red trail from the blueberry hill west trailhead, and subsequently heard a small flock near the first fence along the combined red and yellow trail. Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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Re: Northumberland on Sunday

Robert S Pastel
 

On Saturday we saw snow buntings, red polls and horned larks on Butler Road, a dead end off of route 32, not far from Stonebridge.  It dead ends into a farm.  Can pull over, get out and not be concerned about traffic.  

Robert S. Pastel


On Feb 1, 2021, at 10:12 AM, Ellen <lnmp@...> wrote:



I drove up to Northumberland on Sunday in search of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks.  I didn’t find any in the place where I found them in abundance a few weeks ago, on Stonebridge near Ballard Road, so I headed further north and turned onto Callahan Road, immediately flushing a large flock of birds that turned out to be redpolls.  Over the course of about an hour, though, flocks of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks came through, periodically stopping in the field or along the roadside to feed.

 

At one point, I saw a falcon fly overhead and land at the top of a nearby utility pole.  It turned out to be a Merlin with some sort of prey in its talons.  I watched with a few other birders while the Merlin dined on its catch, seemingly oblivious to our presence. 

 

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Ellen P.

West Charlton


Northumberland on Sunday

Ellen
 

I drove up to Northumberland on Sunday in search of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks.  I didn’t find any in the place where I found them in abundance a few weeks ago, on Stonebridge near Ballard Road, so I headed further north and turned onto Callahan Road, immediately flushing a large flock of birds that turned out to be redpolls.  Over the course of about an hour, though, flocks of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks came through, periodically stopping in the field or along the roadside to feed.

 

At one point, I saw a falcon fly overhead and land at the top of a nearby utility pole.  It turned out to be a Merlin with some sort of prey in its talons.  I watched with a few other birders while the Merlin dined on its catch, seemingly oblivious to our presence. 

 

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Ellen P.

West Charlton


Re: negative crossbill reports

Eric Molho
 

Yes on red crossbills at blueberry hill red trail on Saturday. No on white-winged on Sunday at Normanskill. 
Eric


On Jan 31, 2021, at 5:50 PM, scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner@...> wrote:

today I checked several previously (and some quite recently) noted locations for crossbills and despite searching carefully, found none. This includes Rudy Chase Drive in Glenville, behind the Clifton Park - Halfmoon Library, and the Blueberry Hill West area of the Albany Pine Bush. The flocks clearly move around a good bit and it takes perseverance and often multiple visits to track them down. I will keep looking, and encourage all to report negative and positive signs on HMBirds as well as ebird. - Scott Stoner, Loudonville


Adult Iceland Gull at Crescent Power Plant

Julie Hart
 

Daniel and I watched a beautiful adult Iceland Gull (kumlieni) at the Crescent Power Plant in Cohoes this afternoon. We’ve been stopping at various places along the river for a couple weekends now looking for rare gulls and finally lucked out. Most of the gulls were farther down the river on the solid ice, but this was one of the few gulls hanging out right in front of the power plant. In addition to the white wings, pale gray back, and “cute” face with small bill, this bird had very faint gray markings on the wing tips, indicating it was a Kumlien’s (the typical subspecies in this area). Photos on eBird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80230879 

Julie & Daniel


negative crossbill reports

scottjstoner
 

today I checked several previously (and some quite recently) noted locations for crossbills and despite searching carefully, found none. This includes Rudy Chase Drive in Glenville, behind the Clifton Park - Halfmoon Library, and the Blueberry Hill West area of the Albany Pine Bush. The flocks clearly move around a good bit and it takes perseverance and often multiple visits to track them down. I will keep looking, and encourage all to report negative and positive signs on HMBirds as well as ebird. - Scott Stoner, Loudonville


Red-breasted Mergansers, Green Island-1/31

trwdsd
 

Pair of RB Mergansers continue this morning just below the Federal dam on the Hudson, as seen from the park at the end of Tibbits Avenue in Green Island. Nice find yesterday by Craig D.

Tom Williams 
Colonie 

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